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Canon Dominique Aubert, rector of Chartres Cathedral, celebrates the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.

FSSP: New liturgy document 'does not directly address' former Ecclesia Dei communities

Dec 18, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

One of the largest traditional societies of apostolic life responded to the latest document issued by the Congregation for Divine... Read more

Archbishop Arthur Roche at a Vatican press conference on Feb. 10, 2015.

Vatican liturgy office issues guidelines for catechist ministry

Dec 13, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis created the instituted lay ministry of catechist in May. Read more

Archbishop Arthur Roche at the Vatican press office on Feb. 10, 2015.

Vatican issues decree clarifying responsibilities for translation of Latin liturgical texts

Oct 22, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Roche said: ‘The great task of translation ... falls to the bishops.’ Read more

Pontificio Sant'Anselmo, Rome

The increasing influence of the liturgical school Sant’Anselmo in the Vatican

Jul 22, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The new secretary and undersecretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship both have studied at the Pontificio Ateneo Sant'Anselmo,... Read more

Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament.

Adoration is like radiotherapy for our sinfulness, says Vatican’s new liturgy chief

Jun 24, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Arthur Roche said he was optimistic about people returning to Mass after the pandemic. Read more

Archbishop Arthur Roche and Cardinal Robert Sarah

Pope Francis appoints Archbishop Arthur Roche as successor to Cardinal Sarah

May 27, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The English archbishop has worked in the Vatican’s divine worship congregation since 2012. Read more

Robert Cardinal Sarah (L) and Archbishop Arthur Roche at a press conference at the Holy See Press Office, Feb. 10, 2015.

Pope Francis hints at imminent changes in the Roman Curia

May 24, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Multiple sources have told CNA that Pope Francis told the Italian bishops that there will soon be a new prefect... Read more

St. Joseph carrying the Child Jesus on the left arm by Pieter van Lint.

Vatican adds seven invocations to Litany of St. Joseph

May 1, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Congregation for Divine Worship said "it appeared opportune to update the Litany in honor of Saint Joseph, approved by... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, at the Vatican, Feb. 10, 2015.

Pope Francis may soon appoint Cardinal Sarah's successor

Apr 19, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The appointment of Robert Cardinal Sarah’s successor as prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of... Read more

Pope Francis addresses participants in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Divine Worship in the auletta of the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Feb. 14, 2019.

Visitation at Vatican’s liturgy office before Cardinal Sarah’s successor announced

Mar 16, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

An Italian bishop is carrying out a visitation at the Vatican’s liturgy office less than a month after Cardinal Robert... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.

Who might be Cardinal Sarah's successor?

Feb 25, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

After Robert Cardinal Sarah's retirement as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments, the big... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah. CNA file photo.

Pope Francis accepts Cardinal Robert Sarah's resignation from divine worship congregation

Feb 20, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the Liturgy of the Passion of Our Lord in St. Peter's Basilica April 14, 2017. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.

Holy Week 2021: Vatican issues guidelines for Catholics amid ongoing COVID-19 restrictions

Feb 17, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued guidelines on Wednesday for the celebration of... Read more

Bishop James Wall of Gallup says Mass ad orientem at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

US bishops adjust liturgical translation following concern of CDW

Feb 8, 2021

The US bishops' conference last week decreed that in the translation of the conclusion of collects in the Roman Missal,... Read more

Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday 2021: Vatican offers guidance on ash distribution amid COVID-19 pandemic

Jan 12, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican gave guidance Tuesday about how priests can distribute ashes on Ash Wednesday 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

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Vatican’s liturgy congregation stresses importance of Sunday of the Word of God

Dec 19, 2020

The Vatican’s liturgy congregation issued a note Saturday encouraging Catholic parishes around the world to celebrate the Sunday of the... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, in Rome on Nov. 25, 2014.

Vatican permits priests to say up to four Masses on Christmas Day

Dec 17, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican’s liturgy congregation will permit priests to say up to four Masses on Christmas Day, the Solemnity of Mary,... Read more

Vatican upholds bishop over reception of Communion on tongue

Dec 11, 2020

The secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship wrote to a petitioner last month rejecting their appeal against the Bishop... Read more

Archbishop John Wilson of Southwark says Mass at St. George's Cathedral, Southwark.

English bishops adjust liturgical translation, following concern of CDW

Nov 19, 2020

By Carl Bunderson

The English and Welsh bishops' conference has decreed that in the translation of the conclusion of collects in the Roman... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, at the Vatican, Feb. 10, 2015.

Cardinal Sarah: ‘We must return to the Eucharist’

Sep 12, 2020

In a letter to the leaders of the world’s episcopal conferences, the head of the Vatican’s office for worship and... Read more